The Roundup – Stone vs Brick Accents Edition

Posted on September 25, 2007 by Melissa 
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Stone vs BrickEveryone tells us that building a home is extremely frustrating.  I’m starting to see what they were all talking about. 

The builder just called to inform us that it is standard to get stone accents on the exterior instead of the brick we had chosen.  That’s news to us because we were told we had to choose a brick for accents and stone was never even an option.  After all, the exterior of the home is already that same stone.  How is that an accent?

This is the third case where something was said to be “standard” that they are attempting to change after we signed the contract.  Unfortunately, I hear this behavior is “standard” among builders.  Sorry for the rant everyone, I just needed to vent. 

Let’s move on to some great articles!

More Buffet Strategies: Olive Garden’s Never-Ending Pasta Bowl @ Punny Money – This is a really funny read about a man and his eternal struggle to eat-all-he-can-eat.  It even includes pointers on how to maximize your pasta intake.  Pasta and sauce is so cheap you could probably eat for days and still not come out ahead on that price.

Chop ‘Til You Drop @ Cheap Healthy Good – Learn to how to process all your fresh foods and save money.  Buying pre-chopped veggies is a total rip off.  This is a great guide and even includes instructions and videos on how to prep a huge list of foods.  I bookmarked it.

How Long To Keep Financial Documents @ Rather Be Shopping – I need to go through all my paperwork and start throwing out old bills.  I’ve always kept everything for way too long.  Although keeping all my financial documents for 7 years paid off for me when I had to dispute an error on my credit report.  I’m sure I still could have been able to prove my case without those 6 year old electric bills though I bet it would have taken longer.

Check out these fabulous carnivals:

Make it From Scratch #32 was hosted by Bridget at Miles To Go Before We Sleep.  She did a great job hosting!  My reducipe for Orange Rosemary Pork Chops was included.

Festival of Frugality #93 was hosted at Money and Values.  The cake themed layout was very creative and yummy.   I’m thrilled that my post on frugality becoming an excuse was chosen as a favorite!


2 Responses to “The Roundup – Stone vs Brick Accents Edition”

  1. Kyle on September 25th, 2007 4:24 pm

    My wife and I went through the same kind of stuff with our new home a couple years ago. Not fun, but just keep your eyes on the prize, believe it or not, it is all worth it! Thanks for mentioning my article as well.

  2. Kris on September 25th, 2007 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Penny! I’m sorry about your accents. Don’t you kind of wish every contractor was like Bob Vila? That beard is very comforting.


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